Community Resources

Ever want to get out and don’t know which hike is best for your family? Need a little help and don’t know where to start? These links will give you a place to begin your search, no matter the kind of help you are looking for today.

Anything you need to know and help for research or finding resources can be found by asking the information center or using the computers at the public library. Not everyone in our community grew up with libraries in the school, or with access to a public library, so in this video Hank Green shares the low-down on the public library’s offerings. Turning on the subtitles might help some viewers.

The library has classes, homework help, and museum passes as well as books, DVDs, and music in most languages. Check out King County Public Library’s site!  You can get a library card online or in person by providing your King County or address. Ecards are immediately available for online and database access.

Getting outside

Renton’s Hikes & Parks is an easy way to find something to do outdoors without traveling far.

Washington Trail Association provides a map of hikes and is searchable for family and pet-friendly walking and hiking trips.

Low tide Walks in Seattle offers updates on where to visit the Seattle area Sound for tide pool adventures.

Low tide walks in Tacoma keeps up-to-date information about tides and gives visiting tips for walking the beaches.

Mercer Slough (pronounced Slew) Environmental Center has 320 acres of wetland with trails and an information center. The guides offer canoe and walking tours monthly.

 

Helping Hands

Finding the right kind of help can be challenging, especially when privacy is important. These links include organizations and public services that can support a family when they need it most.

 

Family Resources from Issaquah School District include before and after school care, counseling services, free and reduced lunch programs, transportation information, substance abuse prevention and more.

 

Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank offers what is needed right here in Issaquah, when it’s needed most. 

 

Operation Sack Lunch provides meals all summer long for students who would normally be receiving lunch at school.

 

Mosaic Counseling Collective is a trusted Issaquah group that serves many in our district through emotional and occupational therapy.

 

Immigration Resources from the State of Washington to help when first coming to live in the area.

 

Tree House helps foster kids get ready for school including materials support. They offer foster children the opportunity to attend a camp or other summer activity.

 

Homelessness Papers to help keep students in school when the rest of their lives are transitioning. Many languages served.

 

Language and Citizenship Classes at KCLS helps our community become even closer.

 

Museums and More

The King County Library System offers free passes for up to 6 people to these museums and others.  Use your library card to reserve a pass for the day you want to visit.

The Museum of Flight with children’s rooms and two space centers as well as airplanes to sit in and WWI mock-ups, this museum is a great indoor day trip, rain or shine.

MoPop art museum Contains the Science Fiction  and Fantasy Hall of Fame and a space-ship set, the Myths and Magic Fantasy exhibit, a sound lab where children can explore instruments, a Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana exhibit and more.

Bellevue Art Museum  contains a rotating collection of diverse artwork and hosts a permanent children’s art room for exploration. 

Tacoma Children’s Museum is a great rainy-day trip for first graders and younger.

Issaquah Library is our closest in-district KCLS library branch. They host authors and workshops, toddler story times, a summer reading program kick-off party, and bilingual teen study sessions tuesday from 3-6.

Seattle Public Library hosts many events and is one of the most beautiful buildings in down town Seattle.

Seattle Aquarium has docents available to talk to and plenty of signage to read. This living museum in downtown Seattle is largely open-air, so dress warm on cold days.

Seattle Art Museum houses a rotating collection of indigenous art and pieces of Seattle History. Special sessions for children’s creativity happen several times a year.

NW African American Museum is a little-known piece of history in down town Seattle that can add to our picture of the northwest.

KidsQuest Children’s Museum and the Pacific Science Center are right under the Space Needle. Both offer a place to explore and build while learning about our world. 

Washington’s History Museum in Tacoma sheds light on how the geography and people of the area created the Washington we know today. It is right across from the Museum of Glass. The History Museum hosts a family day the first Monday of every month.

Fort Nisqually Living History is a spring and summer trip to an old Seattle area settlement. Though slightly idealized, the history shared by docents is accurate and the expeerience is unforgetable.